Monthly Archives: May 2014

“…so fat on death my body burst, but enough about me!”

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For the final course of tonight’s extravaganza, I present a subtle yet satisfying leek fritter with sauce….

http://www.food.com/recipe/japanese-negi-leek-patties-69704

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“they call me the first English king, although I came from France…”

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Next up, one half of that Half an Aubergine That’s Been Blocking Up the Fridge For a While.

A spicy side-dish, with a Mediterranean slant….

http://www.food.com/recipe/spicy-stir-fried-eggplant-aubergine-165896

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“I’m Willliam the Conqueror, my enemies stood no chance…..”

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I remember an episode from the British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, where a female character purringly offers a male character one of the greatest post-coital back-handed compliments I’ve ever heard….

“…you make love….like a Japanese meal.

Small portions. 

But so many courses….”.

In this spirit, tonight’s blog consists of various Japanese-influenced yet unavoidably Anglicised dishes, given that even laying hands on some miso paste required a Viking-style ransack of half of Tangleton town centre.  Japanese egg-plants, mirin, kombu, shaoxing wine, thai basil, woodear mushrooms and other such delicacies – no chance.

However, I kid myself that I rose to the occasion with what I could scrounge, hope you enjoy these as much as I have.

(Please note that I was indeed cooking small portions of each dish, so scale up if you’re looking to make any particular one into a full meal).

First up, the soup course.  Original from here…..

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Japanese-udon-with-mushroom-soy-broth-with-stir-fried-mushrooms-and-cabbage-_vegan_-310623

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Shoo Fly Marches On

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Work.  Shopping for a camping trip.  Remembering last minute to vote in the European elections (a difficult choice between the mendacious, shallow, grasping bastards that constitute the main parties, and 17 different racist, foaming-at-the-mouth micro-parties that have sprung up like toadstools after a rain of pure urine).

Finally crawled home, and if that description above hasn’t put you off your food, I have a nice supper recipe for you…..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/10844445/Speedy-weeknight-suppers-Shakshuka.html

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Barefoot Lady

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There’s a crooked white strip across the nail of a couple of my toes.  My chiropodist looked at it briefly, then asked if I’d been under a “lot of stress”, maybe around about 5 months ago?

Interesting how emotion works its way through the body.

BBQ weekend left me stuffed full of deliciously-charcoaled goodies, plus now the proud owner of some leftovers that we couldn’t quite stuff into the furnace – a red pepper and four large mushrooms.  I think the pepper might find a safe home in a couple of one-egg breakfast omelettes with a little feta cheese.  The mushrooms however joined a home-made fake chorizo in a hearty stew; not the prettiest thing you’ll ever see sitting on your stove, but a classic rib-sticker, and maybe a great camping stew as well, for those of you heading out, optimistically, into the Bank Holiday weekend with a tent, a saucepan, and a bottle of cheap wine……

Original found here…

http://food.ninemsn.com.au/recipes/ichorizo/8348417/chorizo-bean-mushroom-stew

 

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Stowaway

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Sunday afternoon cookathon ahoy!

First up, lunch for work. Unearthed this delicious kidney-bean dip, which I can see becoming an instant lunch-time classic.  Slung it into a couple of Tupperware containers with soft cheese, tomato, spring onion, carrot sticks, naan bread, and some left-over yellow pepper chunks from my other recipe, a rather pleasant Japanese-influenced tofu and vegetable curry.

Originals are here….

http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2012/04/19/spicy-red-kidney-bean-dip/

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Japanese-Beef-and-Vegetable-Curry-479725

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